In a letter to Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus earlier this week, Trump outlined how he believes the World Health Organization failed in its response to the coronavirus and noted an "alarming lack of independence from the People's Republic of China".
The president, who faces re-election this year and has himself been criticised for his handling of the pandemic, has blamed China for trying to cover up the outbreak and has accused the World Health Organization of failing to hold Beijing to account.
Trump didn't specify what changes he is seeking, but in a scathing four-page letter to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus posted to Twitter shortly before 11 p.m., the president repeated numerous accusations he has leveled in recent weeks against the United Nations agency and its response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
His explosive comments come after China said the United States was trying to shift the blame for Washington's own mishandling of the COVID-19 crisis. "The Lancet published no report in December 2019, referring to a virus or outbreak in Wuhan or anywhere else in China".
In the letter, Trump said he would restore partial USA funding despite the WHO's "shortcomings" because he wanted to "see the World Health Organization live up to this potential, particularly now during this global crisis". Many doctors across the USA said it was up to the President to take the drug if his physician had approved it, but it was irresponsible of him to propagate the idea considering the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had warned that it could cause serious heart problems for coronavirus patients.
In his letter, Trump also accused WHO of "missteps" and threatened to make the freeze on US funding for the organization permanent.
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Washington is locked in an increasingly bitter spat with Beijing, where the pandemic began late a year ago . This year's WHA meeting is the fourth year in a row that Taiwan has not been able to attend.
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Beijing denies the allegation.
Without these changes, the president says, the United States will make his temporary freeze of USA funding permanent and "reconsider our membership in the organisation" altogether.
President Xi said on Monday that any vaccine developed in China would "be made a global public good. ensuring vaccine accessibility and affordability in developing countries". Among other things, Trump pointed to his decision to suspend USA contributions to the World Health Organization pending a review of its actions in response to the outbreak.